Def Leppard admit that "Pour Some Sugar On Me" is a song about sex with enough veiling to make it safe for pop radio. The song was also influenced by the Archies classic "Sugar, Sugar" with its repeated lines of, "Pour a little sugar." This song went clear to #2 on the pop singles chart in the US with a heavier rock crunch than most mainstream pop. It has remained a signature song for Ef Leppard and one likely to generate sing along hysteria (Def Leppard reference intended) in nearly any environment where it is played.
"Hips Don't Lie" is a reworking of Wyclef Jean's 2004 song "Dance Like This." Shakira wrote new material for the song and the result was the biggest pop hit of the year worldwide. The incorporation of salsa and cumbia elements adds to the world party feel of the track.
The Kingsmen still insist that there is nothing lewd or obscene in the indecipherable sung lyrics to their recording of "Louie Louie," but the rumors of the existence certainly created a powerful party reputation for the record. Being featured in the smash hit party movie Animal House didn't hurt either. The obscenity rumors were so persistent they even spawned an FBI investigation. Even with the notoriety, "Louie Louie" is an all-time garage rock classic.
The Boston Red Sox must be given a great deal of credit for turning this top 5 pop smash inspired by Caroline Kennedy into a party classic. It has been played at every Boston Red Sox home games since 2002 while spreading like wildfire to other sports events and weddings. The "hands touching hands" line induces goosebumps in plenty of listeners.
Just try and watch the music video for "Love Shack" and not wish you were at that party. "Love Shack" helped turn the B-52's from the self-described, "tacky little dance band from Athens, GA," into arguably the world's top party band. Reportedly, Kate Pierson of the band lived in the 1970s in the house that inspired the song. It did indeed have a tin roof and was the place the band conceived their first widespread hit "Rock Lobster."
"Family Affair" originated in a studio jam session led by Dr. Dre. Mary J. Blige heard the song and added lyrics and a melody line. The final result was produced by Dr. Dre. "Family Affair" helped bring the concept of crunk party music into the pop mainstream. The song spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.